When we ran into Steven Tyler at Elton John's Oscar Party last month, he told us the Aerosmith summer tour kicks off in June. "June 18th it starts, so spread the word," he said at the time. While no concrete plans have emerged yet, it looks like the word Aerosmith fans have been waiting for will come out this week.
In a press release detailing plans for Aerosmith to play Milwaukee's Summerfest on July 7th, the band also announced that presale info for the Aerosmith "Global Warming" summer tour will be available this Thursday, March 29th. This comes on the heels of the news that Aerosmith will hold a press conference in L.A. this week.
The Summerfest release only holds info for the one date: July 7th at Marcus Ampitheater, with Cheap Trick opening. (No word on whether they're opening the whole tour or just in Milwaukee.) But in the statement, the band talked about hitting the road this summer.
"The old Aerosmith is back with a new vengeance and we will kick your ass and make out with yur mothers," Steven Tyler said in the release.
And guitarist Joe Perry added, "Can't wait to bring this band back home. It feels like we've been away too long."
In that absence, there was a lot of public turmoil as the four band members discussed bringing in a new lead singer while Tyler worked first on solo material, then was named a judge on American Idol. In 2010, however, the band returned to the road.
All of those tensions now seem to be a thing of the past. The group has been working on a new album in L.A. with producer Jack Douglas (Toys In The Attic, Get Your Wings, Draw The Line) and Tyler says the recording's been going great.
I'm having such a good time writing again," he said at the Elton John party.
Bassist Tom Hamilton said in the Summerfest release that fans might get a preview of the new material live. "After touring Japan and South America last year we're psyched about bringing it all back for the hometown fans," he said. " We're going to break out the classics, the hits and maybe even some of the new ones we've been banging out in the studio."